Empowering families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
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Umbrellas Parent Support Groups

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic Reaching Families has done everything it can to adapt our services to meet the needs of families in these unusual circumstances.

As we enter a new phase with more freedom and capacity to meet in person our aim is provide parents with a blended combination of live and virtual groups. We are therefore maintaining our popular weekly online Umbrellas group whilst we begin the process of restarting our live groups in Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Worthing.

Support from fellow parent-carers is one of the most effective ways in which parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities build resilience and emotional wellbeing. Parents also tell us their most valuable source of information, support and advice is other parent-carers.

To help parents build networks of mutual support we run three parent support groups in Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Worthing. Known as Umbrellas, our groups provide an informative, supportive, relaxed and non-judgemental environment within which parents can swap life experiences, share hints and tips, seek advice and share information and resources.

Thanks to lottery funding our Umbrellas groups also benefit from a small fund which parent members can use to commission, plan and participate in activities that promote health & wellbeing, for example, head and shoulder massages, resilience workshops, mindfulness, group picnics, etc.

How to join in

Our groups, which currently meet monthly during term time, are based in Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Worthing.

If you are interested in joining the Umbrellas group please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy on 07951 794734 or via email.

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